Asda is set to open a new store near Bicester as part of a multi-million pound investment across the country.

The supermarket giant, previously owned by Walmart, is due to open 110 new stores across the UK this month including a site in Northampton Road, Weston-on-the-Green near Bicester.

The Weston-on-the-Green location was set to open today, Tuesday, February 6. 

Asda plans to turn all 470 convenience sites acquired from the Co-op and EG Group into Express stores by the end of March.

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The business said it wants to become the second-largest grocery retailer in the UK.

Asda purchased 132 fuel forecourts and convenience stores from Co-op and EG in August 2022 for £438 million.

The acquisition was approved in June 2023 after Asda agreed to sell 13 sites to meet competition requirements.

The supermarket had converted 259 locations by the end of January.

Since its acquisition by the Issa brothers and TDR Capital in 2021, Asda has been expanding into the rapidly growing £40 billion convenience and £60 billion food-to-go markets.

Andy Perry, vice president of convenience at Asda, said: “Asda’s significant investment in building a nationwide chain of convenience stores is a key component of our long-term strategy to become the number two player in UK grocery.

Oxford Mail: A new Asda store is coming to the Bicester areaA new Asda store is coming to the Bicester area (Image: Rui Vieira/PA)

“February is a transformational month for the programme with a record number of store openings and conversion of all former Co-op sites to Asda Express sites.

“Our teams have worked at pace to reach this point and we look forward to bringing Asda’s quality and low prices to many more communities across the UK.”

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Asda Express stores will offer a wide range of products, including both branded and own-label products.

The retailer said stores will cater to various customer needs, such as quick essential shopping for items like bread and milk, lunch on the go, or preparing dinner from scratch.

Several new stores are set to open in February, located in different parts of the UK, from the Isle of Skye in the Hebrides, to Plymouth in Devon and Ipswich in Suffolk.

Many of these stores will be located in southern England, an area where Asda has traditionally had less presence.

Last month, a planned strike by workers at the supermarket giant was suspended following talks.

Talks have been held between the union and Asda, arbitrated by the conciliatory service Acas.

A joint statement agreed by GMB and Asda said: “Following discussions held under the auspices of Acas, on January 18, it has been agreed that industrial action is temporarily suspended to allow a ballot of GMB members on the proposals put forward by Asda.”